Dog Training Quotes

Dog Training Quotes

This page contains some of the best dog training quotes I have heared over the years. It will be updated regularly with additional wisdom. Last Updated: 05/21/2020

"Excellence requires that you not be satisfied." - Michael Ellis

"Understand, a poorly socialized, but friendly dog can easily start a fight he’s not looking or prepared for. If I ran up to every stranger I met and tried to hug them, sooner or later someone would punch me in the face." - Chad Mackin

"Excitement + Frustration = Fuck You" - Jay Jack

"Your dog is not being a problem, your dog is having a problem." - Chad Mackin

"Great dog trainers have broad skills, not inflexible ideologies." - Ralf Weber

"Pattern + Relevance = Response" - Chad Mackin

"Your dog is doing the best it can with the information you are providing." - Unknown

"If you don't need it, don't use it." - Michael Ellis

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen." - Orhan Pamuk

"Train the dog in front of you." - Denise Fenzi

"The only hard and fast rule is, there are no hard and fast rules." - Captain Arthur Haggerty

"Be the most interesting human your dog has ever met." - Ralf Weber

"People get a dog, because they want a friend. People hire a dog trainer, because they don't want their friend to be an asshole." - Chad Mackin

"The dog must always have hope." - Bart Bellon

"Don't name it 'til you love it." - Michael Ellis

"Be firm in all you do. Be gentle in how you do it." - Chad Mackin (adopted from Buck Brannaman)

"The answer to any question - It depends on the dog." - Michael Ellis

"It takes as long as it takes." - Unknown

"Repetition builds success and consistency speeds it up." - Unknown

"Timing; the difference between making it better or making it worse." - Ralf Weber

"Stubborn is a good thing. If they are doing the wrong thing they are stubborn. If they are doing the right thing they are 'committed' ... just get them stubborn on the right thing." - Chad Mackin

"I can lure with the best of them, but why would I want to?" - Bart Bellon

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." - Dr. Seuss

"Prevent what you can not control and control what you teach." - Duke Ferguson

"Most of what people call aggression in dogs is really just an inappropriate response to fear and uncertainty. The way to address the problem is taking away the fear of the unknow, by making it known." - Dick Russel

"Dogs are most joyful, when they get to do the things that fulfill them." - Dick Russell

"A boring socialization is a good socialization. It’s hours of boredom punctuated with moments of sheer terror." - Chad Mackin

"My goal with every client is, they don’t need me anymore." - Robin McFarlane

"If you want to become a great trainer, get your ass in group class." - Chad Mackin

"This old dog, ain’t half bad." - Dick Russel

"Leadership is protection and direction." - Cesar Millan

"Being a professional isn’t about not making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes. Get over it. Get over yourself. Being a professional is about how you handle those mistakes." - Marc Goldberg

"It's not a problem, unless it's a problem." - Chad Mackin

"The best dog training method is the one the client will actually do." - Sarah Dixon

"If you want people to hear you, speak up. If you want people to listen, speak softer." - Chad Mackin

"Training for compliance is not the same as training for motivation." - Tecla Walton

"Find a game, blow it out their ass, give 'em a rub down." - Jay Jack

"In dog training you must stay un-fucked." - Bart Bellon

"Be the most stubborn human that dog has ever met." - Tyler Muto

"Dogs negotiate through threat of violence and escalation of force." - Jay Jack

"You can't become less scared, you can only become more brave." - Jordan Petersen

"Always challenge, never overwhelm." - Chad Mackin

"The biggest problem with positive reinforcement is how well it works, until it doesn’t." - Pat Stuart

"The only people who care that you faded the lure, are other dog trainers." - Josh Moran

"If you want the dog to stop fighting the leash, stop using the leash to fight the dog." - Chad Mackin

"You don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training." - Pat Stuart

"Dogs should be allowed as much liberty as they can responsibly handle. The greatest gift of training is that it increases the dog’s ability to handle liberty." - Chad Mackin

"If the leash wraps around you ... move it." - Jay Jack

"It's easier to steer than stop a dog." - Chad Mackin

"The effectiveness of a punisher is 100% dependent on how instructive it is." - Dr. Ian Dunbar

"If the best, that exists now isn’t good enough, do better." - Bart Bellon

"Treat all dogs like they’re axe murders." - Jay Jack

"I am responsible for what I say. I am not responsible for what you hear." - Bart Bellon

"Don’t push dogs past their desire." - Jay Jack

"You’re not done training the dog, until you can trust him at liberty." - Chad Mackin

"“… and he follows obedience with commitment." - Jay Jack

"If something has been heavily reinforced, the first reaction to failure is persistence." - Jay Jack

"We don't know, what we don't know." - Bart Bellon

"I'm not dumb enough to think I know the only way to train a dog" - Pat Nolan

"You have to do what is best for the dog." - Captain Arthur Haggerty

"The goal of the teacher is to help create students that transcend the teacher." - Eugene Burger

"Growling, snapping and snarling are efforts to avoid a conflict, not start one." - Dick Russel

"Accumulation of information does not mean you actually know." - Ivan Balabanov

"Large field socialization for dogs is like putting a troubled dog in a field full of motivational speakers." - Jason Vasconi

"Anticipation is the genesis of motivation." - Chad Mackin

"Skill = Talent x Effort; Achievement = Skill x Effort" - Angela Duckwort (from 'Grit')

"When it comes to training a dog, 5 minutes a day Monday through Friday is better than 30 minutes on Saturday." - Martin Deeley

"Arrogance is the brother of ignorance and humility is the sister of wisdom" - Glenn Cooke

"Learning is not an event. Learning is a process." - unknown

"Never be more invested in the success of the dog than the owner is." - Marc Goldberg

"Wether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right." - Henry Ford

"Just because we can use pressure with a dog doesn't mean we should rely on it." - Pat Nolan

"You can't punish a mindset behavior out of a dog." - Larry Krohn

The Master Has Failed More Often
Your Dog Is Not Giving You A Hard Time, Your Dog Is Having A Hard Time

This quote is a modification from Chad Mackin and the original is listed above. To my knowledge this version was coined by Jason Cohen.

To my knowledge this quote is attributed to Martin Deeley.

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